Maria Papathanasiou

Maria Papathanasiou

“If you want to build a ship, don't drum up the men to gather wood,
divide the work, and give orders.
Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea”
Antoine de Saint Exupery

Maria Papathanasiou

Oboe, Recorder & Theory Tutor

Maria has always been passionate about the oboe and the recorder. She first fell in love with the magical relationship between the air and the wooden instrument - which comes alive through the process of breathing - when she was only 5 years old. At the age of 12 she was enchanted by the sound of the oboe, “a wondrous sound that sings alone above the orchestra, speaking directly to the soul, and bringing, so often, the heart to tears” (Marion Whittow, ‘The Oboe: A Reed Blown in the Wind’).

After graduating with a degree in baroque recorder (under Mihalis Kzounias), Maria pursued studies on the Bachelor of Music degree programme at the University of Macedonia, Department of Music Science & Art. She graduated with high honours and a first class BMus Degree in oboe performance (under Kostis Hassiotis) and pedagogy (under Polyvios Androutsos). She was subsequently offered the position of Oboe Professor and Woodwind Tutor at the State Music School of Thessaloniki for two years. Upon audition, she was accepted as a scholar (The Edward Selwyn Memorial Fund) at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London. She graduated with a Masters of Performance in Orchestral Training of Oboe in association with the London Symphony Orchestra with a first class distinction under Steve Hudson, Nicholas Daniel, Gordon Hunt and Jane Marshall.

During her Masters degree, in addition to her devotion to orchestral performing, Maria developed a great interest in oboe and winds pedagogy: instrumental teaching and orchestral coaching of woodwinds. She realised that she had a natural talent in teaching the oboe and the recorder, and in coaching orchestral wind ensembles. She wanted very much to develop this talent, and so she did thorough research on this subject which included using different learning styles to enhance and develop her teaching skills. She applied her research methods in plenty of outreach projects, most of which involved working with the LSO Discovery. In her private teaching she applies all of these methods and she creates inspiring and varied lessons, tailored specifically for each student and focused on his/her personality and learning style.

Maria’s research was based upon an extensive range of educational, sociological and psychological theories, and the use of different learning styles for creating interesting and stimulating instrumental teaching which focuses on:

  • • Engaging the young wind players with the orchestral repertoire using various learning styles (e.g. kinaesthetic learning, experiential learning, visual learning and auditory learning) and by connecting them with other forms of art
  • • Enhancing their stage presence and confidence in an orchestral concert and preparing them for performing on stage and delivering messages/communicating with the audience using vicarious learning, group learning and experiential learning
  • • Motivating them to love and enjoy playing their instruments and their music

Maria has applied and continues to apply these methods in numerous projects with the London Symphony Orchestra Discovery, the BBC, the Barbican Centre and in primary schools in London and in Greece.

Maria’s passion and enthusiasm for music and musical education motivates every student to feel engaged with his/her music. The results from her research methods applied in her teaching are astonishing and she loves inspiring and motivating youngsters musically, and initiating them into the universal, infinite and magical world of music.

Why us?

Our qualifications are of the highest standards and our approach is encouraging and positive. Our tutors have infectious enthusiasm for their subject matter, ready to inspire their students every day. We are devoted to delivering value our primary goal is to create happy and successful musicians.

Why theory?

We firmly believe that - as with anything else in life- before practise comes the theory. For this reason, music theory ha a significant role in our syllabus. Theory is included in each of our lessons, during which we cover the equivalent level of the instrument.

Did you know? Grade 5 theory of music certificate is required from any student wanting to take a grade 6 practical exam

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Work with a highly qualified tutor who will help you to:

  • Improve your technique
  • Excel in aural tests
  • Learn the theory required for your grade
  • Achieve fantastic results on your practical exam

And yes, our lessons are fun too! Are you ready to join our school?
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